The European Union has a shared accountability to stop a “deeply damaging” no-deal Brexit for Britain, the Overseas Secretary has stated.
Talking in Berlin on Wednesday morning Jeremy Hunt stated historians of the longer term would puzzle at how “Europe failed to attain an amicable change in its relationship with Britain”.
“None of us ought to have any doubt that failing to safe a ratified Withdrawal Settlement between Britain and the EU could be deeply damaging, economically and politically,” he stated in a speech on the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
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“Within the important weeks forward, standing again and hoping that Brexit solves itself is not going to be sufficient. The stakes are simply too excessive: we should all do what we will to make sure such a deal is reached.”
He stated “the one manner by way of the present scenario” was for the EU to agree a change to the Irish backstop in order that the withdrawal settlement may move the Home of Commons – the place it’s at present blocked.
The Overseas Secretary added: “At this momentous time, a heavy accountability falls upon all of us.
“We are not looking for historians sooner or later to puzzle over our actions and ask themselves the way it was that Europe failed to attain an amicable change in its relationship with Britain – a rustic that’s not merely a accomplice however a good friend and ally in each potential sense.”
He stated a failure to have reached a deal would imply the events had “thereby grave and avoidable injury to our continent”.
Senior EU figures have beforehand decried the “blame recreation” within the UK press and Westminster. Brussels says the present deal is the one one on the desk and that it’ll not renegotiate the withdrawal settlement.
“To be very frank with you I do see this blame recreation beginning towards the European Union within the case of no deal,” EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier advised an viewers final 12 months.
“However the European Union isn’t going to be impressed by that type of blame recreation, everybody ought to perceive that.”
Theresa Might is travelling to Brussels on Wednesday night for talks with Jean-Claude Juncker. Downing Avenue has been briefing that talks are going nicely, although Mr Juncker himself stated on Tuesday evening that there could be no breakthrough on the tete-a-tete.
The UK will crash out of the EU and not using a deal on 29 March 2019 if the withdrawal settlement isn’t ratified. Mr Hunt stated: “I believe we will meet that 29 March deadline” – although he didn’t explicitly rule out an extension.
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